Sophia Ignatidou

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A person who has returned a positive test holds a mobile phone showing they have been told to self-isolate for a further eight days by the NHS COVID-19 app, on 9 January 2021 in Caerphilly, Wales. Photo credit: Copyright © Huw Fairclough/Contributor/Getty

Focusing on the dynamics between governments and big tech, on cybercrime, and on disinformation and fake news, this paper examines some of the risks that have been highlighted and aggravated as societies have transitioned at speed to a more virtual way of living.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been called the ‘great accelerator’ of digital transformation, with technology at the forefront of countries’ response to the crisis. The experience of the past year has underscored that tech governance must be based on human-centric values that protect the rights of individuals but also work towards a public good.

In the case of the development of track-and-trace apps, for instance, a successful solution should simultaneously be both respectful of individual privacy and robust from a cybersecurity perspective, while also effectively serving essential epidemiological goals.…  Seguir leyendo »

Six Aspects of Daily Life Rapidly Changed by COVID-19

When the pandemic struck, many countries were quick to close their borders, turning inward in the scramble to protect lives and livelihoods. Sadly, the crisis has done little to bond nations against this shared, invisible foe – in some cases, blame for the outbreak and rows over responses actually exacerbating geopolitical tensions.

However, some effects of COVID-19 may yet unite us, in the profound ways the disease has impacted almost every part of life across the planet, giving us a rare opportunity to pause and consider how we live. News of an effective vaccine makes the prospect of a ‘return to normality’ more hopeful but have these dramatic accelerations in existing trends already changed how we travel, work, and consume, and the face of our cities for good?…  Seguir leyendo »

US President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office before signing an executive order related to regulating social media on 28 May 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images.

Few social media platforms have propelled President Trump’s political career like Twitter has. Conceivably, that's precisely the reason why its decision on 26 May to flag two of his posts as containing misleading statements related to the upcoming election, drew his ire. Just two days later, an executive order was signed, demanding immediate action from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to re-examine platform liability, allegations of political bias and federal ad spend on online platforms.

The stand-off between Donald Trump and Twitter accentuates two key issues in the global debate about the impact of Big Tech on human rights and democracy: freedom of expression and platform liability.…  Seguir leyendo »

US Senators listen to Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on the Cambridge Analytica revelations and data privacy in April. Photo: Getty Images.

The revelations of two reports released by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) this week lay bare the extent to which Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) manipulated social media during the 2016 US presidential election. They should serve as a wake-up call to Silicon Valley and a clear indication to policymakers that self-regulation for online platforms is no longer viable.

Trust in companies such as Facebook is already wearing thin, with former partners alleging the social networking giant is more preoccupied with PR damage control than solving the problems posed by influencing operations.

But the SSCI reports clarify how part of the business model of digital platforms – online audience segmentation – leaves citizens exposed to stealth targeting by foreign actors.…  Seguir leyendo »